In order to encourage raincloud development and rainfall, the United Arab Emirates is planning to build an artificial mountain. The region is famous for its ambitious projects – it’s already working on giving the world its tallest skyscraper. But building an entire mountain from the ground up is seriously taking it up a notch.
Because the desert flatlands make it difficult for air to evaporate and form rain clouds, the UAE thinks building a mountain can solve the problems that its arid climate poses.
The mountain simply needs to form clouds and not specifically rainclouds. Once clouds begin to form, a meteorological process – known as “cloud seeding” – will automatically increase the amount of rainfall the clouds can produce.
The plan sounds like it could really benefit the region that receives little to no rainfall when temperatures skyrocket to 43 degree Celsius. Rainfall doesn’t even touch five inches as compared to the US that receives a bountiful 40 inches every year.
The National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCAR) still has to figure out the project pricing before proceeding ahead with any construction. If the pricing is found feasible, engineers will assume the herculean task of building the mountain in the middle of a desert.